Wynnum Road corridor upgrade: Stage 1 - East Brisbane

The Wynnum Road corridor is an important route in Brisbane’s road network. It provides access between suburban and commercial catchments in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, Brisbane Central Business District and beyond. 

Brisbane City Council is delivering the upgrade to this corridor in stages. Stage 1 of the upgrade is from Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge. Once completed, this section of Lytton Road will have six lanes.

Stage 1b of the corridor upgrade will complement the works undertaken in Stage 1 by implementing interim measures to improve traffic efficiency and safety along Wynnum Road, between Canning Bridge and Riding Road.

Construction works for Stage 1 and Stage 1b will be coordinated.

Stage 1 fly-through video

Watch the fly-through video to learn about this stage of the project.

You can also watch this video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.

Read supporting information for this video.

Project summary

Table with project summary information including address, ward, lastest news and project outcome for the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade project.
Address Lytton Road - Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge, East Brisbane
Ward The Gabba
Project outcome This upgrade will improve safety for all road users and will help cater for existing and future traffic demands along this busy corridor.
Latest news

Construction activities commenced in early 2018. Expected completion of works is early 2020.

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Related projects Read more about Stage 1b of this project for further information. 

Project features

Stage 1 of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade involves:

  • widening Lytton Road between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge from four to six lanes
  • upgrading the bend at Heidelberg Street by changing the curve to improve safety
  • increasing lane widths to 3.3 metres for the inside lanes and 3.7 metres for the outside lanes to improve safety
  • relocating and signalising the intersection at Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road
  • installing a U-turn facility at the new Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road intersection
  • installing a centre median to prevent right turns
  • rationalising and indenting bus bays to reduce the impact on traffic flow and improve efficiency
  • providing off-road bike path between Mowbray Park and Laidlaw Parade, with a separate pedestrian footpath
  • removing access to Eskgrove and Scanlan Streets from Lytton Road
  • undergrounding the existing overhead service lines
  • installing up-lighting under feature trees and the war memorial and providing free Wi-Fi in Mowbray Park.

Project benefits

When complete, stage 1 will:

  • improve safety for all road users 
  • improve road capacity to cater for current demands and accommodate expected traffic growth 
  • improve travel times
  • reduce congestion.

Footpath closures

The existing footpath on the northern side of the road, between Mowbray Park (at Latrobe Street) and Laidlaw Parade (at Lytton Road) has been temporarily closed for several months to allow the works to continue on this side of Lytton Road.

Alternative pedestrian and cyclist access is available on the southern side of Lytton Road, or along Laidlaw Parade and through Mowbray Park. A temporary footpath is also available between Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road (where the new street is currently being constructed), and new pedestrian traffic signals are in operation to assist footpath users to safely cross Lytton Road at this location.

Extended weekend works

A short-term program of extended weekend works (Friday night to Sunday night) on Lytton Road will run throughout February and March 2019. During these weekend works a variety of temporary traffic control measures may be in place, such as:

  • reducing Lytton Road to a single lane in each direction
  • temporarily making Scanlan Street left-out only onto Lytton Road (access from Lytton Road into Scanlan Street will remain available from both directions).
  • temporarily closing Laidlaw Parade and Walter Avenue to through traffic at the intersection of Lytton Road (where required).

While works are carried out during the day and at night on weekends during this period, noisier works (such as road/saw cutting and jackhammering) will be carried out during the day, or prior to 11pm at night, where possible. 

Traffic control measures will be in place for the protection of footpath users and traffic controllers and onsite signage will assist with directing road and footpath users through the area.

Construction update

The following works are currently being carried out within the project area. 

Between Wellington Road and Mowbray Park, including Park Avenue

Works include:

  • completing installation of underground public utility services 
  • completing property reinstatement works at the East Brisbane Bowls Club
  • constructing a new shared path 
  • removing existing kerb and constructing new road pavement
  • preparations to install new street lighting 
  • upgrading the footpath lighting throughout Mowbray Park to energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights and refurbishing the light poles (includes installing new underground conduits required for the new lights).

Between Mowbray Park and Scanlan Street, including Heidelberg and Heath Streets

Works include:

  • continuing construction of gabion (rock-basket) retaining walls at Eskgrove Street
  • completing installation of underground public utility services across Lytton Road
  • removing existing kerb on the northern side of Lytton Road and constructing new road pavement
  • preparation works for installation of pre-cast panels along the boundary of Lytton Road
  • completing installation of underground public utility services in Heidelberg Street and across Heath Street
  • preparation works for upgrading the Lytton Road and Heidelberg Street intersection.

Between Scanlan Street and Canning Bridge, including Walter Avenue

Works include:

  • continuing installation of underground public utility services along and across Lytton Road 
  • completing installation of underground public utility services in Laidlaw Parade 
  • commencing construction of a new road and pedestrian footpath between Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road, and the installation of temporary traffic signals
  • removing existing kerb on the northern side of Lytton Road and constructing new pavement
  • preparing to close the existing Scanlan Street intersection and turn it into a cul-de-sac
  • preparation works for the installation of the pre-cast panels along the boundary of Lytton Road.

Between Laidlaw Parade and Canning Bridge

Works include:

  • continuing works to upgrade the water main in this area
  • continuing installation of underground public utility services along and across Lytton Road 
  • completing private property reinstatement works on the northern side of Lytton Road 
  • removing existing kerb on the northern side of Lytton Road and constructing new pavement
  • preparing to close the existing Laidlaw Parade intersection and turn it into a cul-de-sac
  • preparation works for installation of pre-cast panels along the boundary of Lytton Road
  • commencing construction of a stone-pitched retaining wall at the Norman Bridge Reserve (approaching Canning Bridge).

Construction hours

Day works

Day time construction works generally take place from Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 5pm. 

Night works

While night works have generally been undertaken Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am, a short-term program of extended weekend works (Friday night to Sunday night) have commenced on Lytton Road to help reduce the impact of weekday night works on local residents and to reduce the overall extent of night works required for the project. 

However, some weekday night works will still be required throughout the project.

Temporary construction impacts

Throughout construction, residents and businesses near the works may experience some temporary impacts. These include:

  • increased construction vehicle movements, with reversing beepers and flashing lights
  • changing traffic conditions, including temporary lane closures and footpath detours
  • construction-related noise, including the use of power tools, excavation machinery and jack-hammers, and asphalt and concrete cutting and backfilling
  • increased lighting from portable light towers.

Council is keeping the community informed of construction in the area. We will provide advance notification of noisy night works, service disruptions and major access changes, including disruptions to property access.

Safety first

For the safety of workers and road users, the speed limit will remain at 40 kilometres per hour for the duration of the project. When required, signage and traffic controls will be in place to guide road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Slow down and follow the direction of on-site traffic controllers and signage.

Project documents

Related projects

Further information on stage 1b of the project is available on the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1b page.

More information

If you would like to find out more about this project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 572 132 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team
  • visit the:
    Community Information Centre
    89 Lytton Road
    East Brisbane (access via Heidelberg Street)
    (open every Tuesday: 10am-12 noon, Wednesday: 2-4pm, and other times by appointment)
  • write to:
    Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1
    City Projects Office 
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:2 May 2019